Heat returns

REGION - Summer will yet again pack a punch this week as the temperature rises and brings with it the associated health and fire risks.

This latest burst of heat comes just a fortnight after four days of temperatures above 41 degrees Celsius, which was followed by the Grampians and Black Range fire threat.

After a warm taste of things to come yesterday with temperatures nudging 37 degrees celsius, the mercury is tipped to reach even higher today before a slight reprieve tomorrow.

Temperatures will again rise sharply Thursday and Friday before creeping above 40 at the weekend.

Stawell's average daily maximum temperature is already half a degree higher than the long term January average.

Overnight minimums are also almost a degree above the long-term average.

With just a handful of days remaining in the month and no rainfall forecast, Stawell is likely to fall well short of the long term monthly average of 37.6mm, with just 19.4mm recorded.

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